CORONA, Calif.(September 14, 2020) – The 2020 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Presented by GEICO has reached its halfway point and as fall approaches the best short track off road racers on the planet are gearing up for an exciting stretch to close out the season. On deck for the competitors across all eight classes is a three-day showdown from Chandler, Arizona’s Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park. The action-packed Super Clean Duel in the Desert Presented by Toyota gets underway on Friday, September 18, with Round 6, followed by Round 7 on Saturday, September 19. The weekend comes to a close with Round 8 on Sunday, September 20. The Chandler event will not be open to spectators and will be conducted exclusively for competitors due to restrictions surrounding public gatherings in the state of Arizona and the Gila River Indian Community regarding COVID-19.
The first half of the 2020 Lucas Oil Off Road season has featured exceptional battles across both the junior and pro divisions. An array of winners have taken their turn to stand atop the podium through the first five rounds, and the overall parity that’s been on display thus far has resulted in some hotly contested title fights.
While reigning Pro 2 Champion Jerett Brooks has consistently been the driver to beat this season, he’s received a stiff challenge from his rivals as he continues to refine the performance of his brand new race truck. With three wins in the first five rounds Brooks has done all he can to establish the foundation of a successful title defense, but Doug Mittag has been right there every step of the way, earning his first win of the season at the most recent race. As a result, the top two are separated by just four points coming into Wild Horse Pass.
The competitiveness of Pro Lite has lived up to the expectations that accompanied the division coming into the season. With such a deep and talented field of racers, the class was destined to see several different winners and a variety of faces on the podium. Thanks to a recent surge of momentum in which he’s earned two wins and four straight podium finishes Brock Heger has moved to the top of the standings and enjoys a 14-point lead over Christopher Polvoorde, who kicked off the season with a win of his own and has failed to finish on the podium just once thus far.
After young guns grabbed the spotlight early in the season, defending champion Eliott Watson has seized control of Pro Buggy. The titleholder has yet to miss out on a podium result thus far, but his three-race sweep at the previous event was the catalyst for Watson’s ability to open up a comfortable 23-point lead in the championship standings. The momentum is fully in the champ’s favor coming into Chandler, but rising stars Trey D Gibbs and Matthew Brister will look to close the gap.
The action across both UTV classes has been some of the best in all of Lucas Oil Off Road this season. While reigning back-to-back champion Corry Weller has been as fast as ever in Turbo UTV, she’s been forced to deal with heavy pressure from Ronnie Anderson every step of the way. The pair are separated by just 10 points coming into Wild Horse Pass and their ongoing rivalry is sure to intensify even further in the Arizona desert, where Anderson will look to gain some ground on the Chandler native. In Production 1000 UTV former champion Brock Heger and Myles Cheek have traded momentum all season long. Currently, Cheek has the edge by virtue of his three wins and podium finishes at every round, opening up a 13-point lead over Heger, who has a pair of wins and four podium results himself. Their head-to-head battle will unfold even further at Wild Horse Pass.
Parity has also highlighted the trio of junior classes. In Mod Kart, Braden Chiaramonte, Trey Eggleston, and Connor Barry are collectively separated by just 11 points, with each of the five checkered flags this season spread amongst this trio. In JR 2 Kart the consistency of Rhyan Denney has allowed her to build a 15-point advantage over rivals Logan Leggitt and Brodie Martin. The action is RZR 170 has proved to be a platform for TJ Siewers to emerge as the breakout driver of the 2020 season. The young up and comer has earned three wins and has yet to miss a podium finish, putting him 18 points ahead of defending champion George Llamosas.
Even though fans won’t be in the stands, all the action from Wild Horse Pass will unfold LIVE on Lucas Oil Racing TV. The streaming service will provide exclusive live coverage of the Arizona tripleheader, beginning at 7:30 a.m. PT / 10:30 a.m. ET on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Action on the track for the entire weekend will begin with the RZR 170, JR 2 Kart, and Mod Kart junior classes, before the pro classes take center stage with Pro Lite, Turbo UTV, Pro Buggy, Production 1000 UTV, and Pro 2.
Super Clean Duel in the Desert Presented by Toyota
Rounds 6-8: Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series
September 18-20, 2020
Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park
20000 S Maricopa Road
Chandler, AZ 85226
Friday, Saturday & Sunday Event Schedule (all times Pacific):
7:30 a.m.Junior Classes
9:30 a.m.Pro Classes